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FANGRRL by Lisa Sherer Ciurro

FANGRRL Looks At 2009

Hello fanboys and fangirls!

So what do you think of 2009 so far?

Personally, I'm not that impressed. (I intend to send The Powers That Be a strongly-worded letter on this subject soon.) But, hey, at least it's not 2008 a dismally annoying year for many people, myself included so things are looking up. ...


Two quick items of business to get out of the way:

(1) As you might have noticed, I've got a new online name: Lisa Scherer Ciurro. (Look up at the top of this column if you have no idea what I'm talking about.) The new name is my old name, actually, since "Scherer" is my maiden name. Due to my high school class having its 20th reunion in 2008, I've reconnected with friends, foes and other assorted classmates online over the past few months. This blast from my past would have been much easier, I discovered, had I included my maiden name in any of my online ramblings or social networking profiles. (Obviously I was not the valedictorian of my high school class.) So I'm incorporating my maiden name into my "online name" wherever possible, which means instead of merely one unpronounceable, unspellable surname I now have two. Don't worry: I still answer to just plain "Lisa" and "Hey you!" same as before.

(2) My FANGRRL column publishing schedule has officially changed from weekly to monthly. This change won't make a difference on your end, given my sporadic publishing schedule of late, but it will help keep me in the good graces of Ye Old PCR Editor Mr. Canova and alleviate some of my Southern Baptist guilt.


... Things are looking up and I'm looking ahead. In particular, I'm looking at the Tampa Bay area. We have a treasure trove of talent, opportunity and creativity here that all too often is overlooked and underappreciated.

Is every local film brilliant and well done, every local book engaging and entertaining, every local event organized and spectacular? Of course not.

Is the Tampa Bay area the next Seattle or Austin? Probably not.

Is there anything happening locally in 2009 that's worth checking out? Um, hello, that's what this whole damn column is about.

Here are a few 2009 event dates already on my calendar:

February 21-28 Environmental Film Festival

February 26 March 7 Gasparilla International Film Festival

March 2-15 (on select days) Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival

March 22 Tampa Comic Book & Toy Convention

March 29 Cinema Italiano

April 1-5 Ybor Festival of the Moving Image

April 29 May 3 Sunscreen Film Festival

May1-2 Motion Film Festival

June 19-21 Metrocon

July 12 Tampa Comic Book & Toy Convention

October 8-18 clip (Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)

October 23-25 Necronomicon

November 8 Tampa Comic Book & Toy Convention

This list is by no means complete. There are annual local events whose 2009 dates aren't posted online yet, monthly recurring events too numerous to list here, and goodness knows how many local cons, fairs and fests I've yet to discover.

2009 is picking up. I can feel it.

"FANGRRL" is ©2009 by Lisa Scherer Ciurro.   All graphics, except where otherwise noted, are creations of Nolan B. Canova.  All contents of Nolan's Pop Culture Review are ©2009 by Nolan B. Canova.